Gourmet Mini Tours - Cagliari and the West Coast
4 days - 3 nights
historic Cagliari, Costa Verde, and West Coast
ancient times, Cagliari was an obvious choice for the powerful nations
wantingto control the important seaways and mining resources of this
strategic island. Now, it is a bustling metropolis with every modern
convenience and a grand tradition of culture, music, and food. The city
was ruled by many different powers from around the world and every one
left its own imprint on the architecture, the language, and the cuisine.
Castello, the old walled center stands guard over the city and the harbor
is full of history, sights, and more importantly, full of life. There
is always something happening in the city be it an opera in the ancient
Roman amphitheater, a jazz concert in the harbor, or just an evening
at one of the towns many restaurants, trattorias, or clubs.
your travel up the coast you will have the chance to see many sights,
from historic centers to beautiful scenic vistas. This journeywill expose
you to a varity of some of the freshest seafood always carefully prepared
and wonderful stays in areas less known to tourists.
1 - Cagliari
arriving in Cagliari either at the airport or the nearby ferry terminal
you will check into your hotel and get ready to explore the city.
Cagliari is the largest city on the island it still holds onto its small-town
feel. Broken into different districts, the city is very walkable and
has an excellent public transportation system. Explore the Castello
quarters which towers over the city and long ago was strategically important
as evidenced by the remaining 13th century Pisan torres. Here, you will
find many of the city's landmarks and an atmosphere that will take you
back in time. Walk along the quiet cobblestone streets and visit the
nearby archaeological and art museums.
down the famous steps of the Bastione di San Remy and induldge yourself
in a drink at the famous Antico Cafe, where the coffee and pastries
are as beautiful as the classic decorations. Then, walk along via Garibaldi,
a pedestrian street lined with shops where you can buy everything from
a new bathing suit to a pair of Bruno Magli shoes. Explore on to Piazza
Yenne and enjoy a delicious gelatto or a slize of pizza at the nearby
the evening you will dine in one of Cagliari's traditional eateries
where you can sample some of the classic seafood recipes that even non-seafood
lovers will enjoy. After dinner, take a leisurely stroll before heading
back to your hotel.
2 - Piscinas
Mines, Wine and Sea
breakfast, you will travel to Santadi with a visit of the spectacular
Is Zuddas Grottoes. These impressive caves are carved from Cambrian
limestone and the formations inside are truly impressive. There is a
series of rooms, including one where they have held Christmas midnight
mass for several years.
exploring the caves you will visit one of the local wineries, like the
Cantina Sociale di Santadi, where you will sample some of their noted
products like their Carignano, Monica or Vermentino.
on to a delicious lunch in a noted restaurant in the area after which
you will travel along the coast and the ancient mining areas. Sardinia
was an important producer of metals such as silver and lead in ancient
times and there are many remains of such spectacular sights as Roman
mines, still clearly visable and truly unique.
enjoying the splendid scenery you will arrive at your hotel in the beautiful
Piscinis area. This area has recently become popular with some of the
world's biggest stars for its peace and seclusion along the dunes on
the west coast. You will stay in a unique and special hotel where you
will enjoy a fine evening meal and maybe later a stroll on the beach.
3 - Terralba and Oristano
and the Sea
breakfast in your hotel you will continue on to the wine cellars in
Terralba, home to wines produced from the Nuragus and Vermentino varieties.
Nuragus is one of the oldest wines on the island, dating back to its
arrival with the Phoenicians in 1200 BC. It is a hardy grape that flourishes
in the dry soil and seems to excel when other grapes decline. The Vermentino
is one of the most-noted wines from the island and has recently been
given high acclaim among experts even being called "the wine of
the new millenium."
you will finsh the day a short distance away in Oristano, home of the
famous 'Saritiglia' one of the biggest celebrations on the island. Enjoy
a fine meal and overnight in one of its best hotels.
4 - Tharros, Sinis & Serdiana
Civilizations to Classic Wines
breakfast in your hotel, visit the ancient site of Tharros where the
Phoencians probably put the first vines ashore more than 3,000 years
ago. The plan of this ruin is clear and the foundations of many of the
buildings as well as the city's sewer system are plain to see. As you
look at it it will be clear why they chose this site as it has a beautiful
vista of the sea and surrounding hills.
nearby wine production cellar of Cabras, fine producer of Vernaccia
wine, is next on the agenda. Here, sample some of this pleasant white
that grows in the hills surrounding the blue sea below. You will lunch
in a restaurant in Oristano before returning to the Cagliari area.
the afternoon, depart for Cagliari with a stop at the nearby cellars
in Serdiana which produce Nuragus, Vermentino, Cannonau and Monica.